Today, July 7, the ancient Romans celebrated the Ancillarum Feriae, or festival of the slave women.

Female slaves were permitted to wear festive garments and ornaments, and honored with feasting.

This was to commemorate an occasion when female slaves saved Rome from a besieging army by volunteering to disguise themselves as wealthy Roman women prepared to become hostages, and then disarmed the enemy soldiers as they slept. 

It was also known as the Nona Caprotinae, during which women, both slave and free, who had been working at the harvest sacrificed to Juno under a wild fig tree at the Campus Martius,

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